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  1. Democrat steers terrorism hearing toward gun controlRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Sep 21 | Washington Examiner

    It's impossible to talk about protecting the homeland from terrorists without addressing gun control laws, one New York Democrat said on Wednesday. During a House Homeland Security Committee hearing titled "Stopping the next attack: How to keep our city streets from becoming the battleground," Rep. Brian Higgins said American streets already are a battleground where people are 3,000 times more likely to be killed by an American with a gun than by a terrorist.


  2. Giffords anti-gun violence PAC endorses two GOP senatorsRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 22, 2016 | Washington Examiner

    An anti-gun violence PAC founded by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords endorsed two Republican senators on Monday for their record against gun violence. In an op-ed for CNN on Monday, Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly wrote that Americans for Responsible Solutions would be endorsing Republican Sens. Pat Toomey and Mark Kirk.


  3. Ex-Newtown teacher asks for probation in gun-carrying caseRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 14, 2016 | Washington Examiner

    A former Newtown, Conn., teacher accused of carrying a loaded pistol in school is set to ask a state judge to allow him into a probation program. Jason Adams was arrested at Newtown Middle School after police say he was seen with the pistol - a loaded .45-caliber pistol in a holster - and detained by school security.


  4. NPR issues major correction on gun control storyRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 24, 2016 | Washington Examiner

    NPR issued a lengthy correction this week in a report on a pro-gun-control activist after a conservative media watchdog group claimed the story contained several inaccuracies. The NPR article, titled " A Million-Mom Army And A Billionaire Take On The NRA ," originally characterized noted anti-gun activist Shannon Watts as a "regular" stay-at-home mom who "had never done anything political before."


  5. Supreme Court won't hear assault weapons ban caseRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 20, 2016 | Washington Examiner

    The Supreme Court said Monday that it won't take up a case related to assault weapons bans in Connecticut and New York. The decision not to take up the case comes roughly a week after the country's deadliest mass shooting in Orlando, Fla., in which 49 people in a gay nightclub were killed and 53 others injured.


  6. GOP lawmaker: Armed faculty could have prevented Sandy Hook massacreRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 16, 2016 | Washington Examiner

    A Republican congressman claimed Thursday that lives would have been saved if teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., were armed. "If the principal in Sandy Hook had been running, as she so heroically did, [if] she got a gun in her hands ... there would have been people saved," said Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, on the House floor in a speech about proposed gun restrictions in light of the recent Orlando shootings.


  7. Michael Moore: Lawmakers against an assault rifle ban should be 'removed'Read the original story w/Photo

    Jun 14, 2016 | Washington Examiner

    Michael Moore is calling for the removal of any members of Congress who does not support a bill to ban all assault weapons, following the Sunday morning mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla., that left 49 dead. "Any member of Congress who hasn't announced support for a bill to ban all assault weapons by Friday should be removed from Congress," the Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker tweeted Tuesday evening.


  8. Trump: If Clinton wants to ban guns, then no guns to protect herRead the original story w/Photo

    May 21, 2016 | Washington Examiner

    Donald Trump Saturday suggested Hillary Clinton was being hypocritical for wanting to "get rid of all guns" while surrounding herself with armed body guards. "Crooked Hillary wants to get rid of all guns and yet she is surrounded by bodyguards who are fully armed.


  9. Obama ignores bipartisan effort on mental healthRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 9, 2016 | Washington Examiner

    The Pennsylvania Republican has spent the last three years leading a bipartisan congressional effort to reform the nation's mental healthcare system as a way to reduce the number of mass shootings in the country. After Speaker Paul Ryan deemed Obama's new executive actions on gun control a "distraction" and vowed to ignore them, Murphy's bill could be a rare area of agreement between Obama, Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill when it comes to Washington's response to mass shootings and gun violence.


  10. 'American Sniper' widow on Obama's gun actions: 'It's a false hope type thing'Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 8, 2016 | Washington Examiner

    Taya Kyle criticized President Obama's executive actions on gun control Friday after doing so during the president's town hall Thursday night. The widow of Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL sniper who was the subject of the film "American Sniper," went on "Fox and Friends" Friday morning and was asked about her confrontation with Obama the previous evening.


  11. Obama: 'Newtown continues to haunt me'Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 7, 2016 | Washington Examiner

    President Obama said Thursday night he was surprised that he teared up when announcing new gun-control executive actions on Tuesday, but acknowledged that the massacre of young children in Newtown, Conn., in late 2012 still haunts him. During a gun forum with Obama Thursday night, CNN host Anderson Cooper said many Americans were surprised when the president became so emotional when speaking about the shootings at Sandyhook Elementary in Newtown earlier this week.


  12. White House: Gun actions are 'well within' president's authorityRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 5, 2016 | Washington Examiner

    White House press secretary Josh Earnest sidestepped questions Tuesday on whether President Obama kept his new gun-control executive actions very limited to avoid serious legal challenges. But while Earnest would not discuss the legal advice Justice Department lawyers gave him about the initiatives, he predicted they would survive legal scrutiny.


  13. Watch: Obama tears up talking about Newtown shootingRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 5, 2016 | Washington Examiner

    President Obama on Tuesday teared up as he spoke about the Newtown, Conn., shooting in 2012 that killed 20 young students. Obama, at the White House to explain his new gun control actions, listed the victims and locations of recent mass shootings, and said their assailants denied them their liberties and constitutional rights.


  14. Obama: Gun lobby doesn't have to 'hold America hostage'Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 5, 2016 | Washington Examiner

    President Obama said Tuesday that the 30,000 people who are killed by guns each year justified his decision to take 10 new executive actions aimed at ensuring gun buyers can't avoid federal background checks, and warned that the gun lobby can no longer hold the country hostage. Obama also rejected the idea that he's looking to confiscate people's guns.


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